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United Utilities help promote fire prevention message

A safety message to help prevent deliberate fires is going to be very visible thanks to support from United Utilities. 

As part of the FireStoppers initiative, two of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue's community safety vehicles have been wrapped featuring messages and fire prevention information. 

The initiative provides an anonymous way for members of the public to share information they may have on deliberate fire setting with the service. 

Station Manager Darren Perrott said: “In 2019/20 firefighters responded to 874 deliberate fires across Derbyshire which not only had a social and environmental impact on our local communities, but also tied up our resources which may have been needed for life threatening incidents such as house fires and road traffic collisions. 

He said by working with their partners at United Utilities they can continue to raise awareness of the FireStoppers initiative and reduce the number of deliberate fires they’re called to attend. 

United Utilities’ Estates and Land Manager Ross Evans said wildfires were becoming an increasing threat to the region’s diverse and much-loved landscapes. 

He said: “Whether it’s a deliberate act or carelessness, the damage these fast-spreading fires inflict on moorlands and wildlife is immeasurable and takes years to recover. 

“But every year our wardens find spent BBQs and other evidence of fires. People don’t realise the risks they’re taking." 

United Utilities has created a video available on YouTube about the danger of wildfires for a new campaign to raise awareness of the risks. 

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